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6 - The Gig Economy and All That

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  19 May 2022

William B. Gould IV
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Stanford University Law School
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The challenge for the new increasing precariat has taken a number of forms some of which antedate the gig phenomenon itself, taking the form of new labels like that given to Walmart workers as “associates” – and more recently euphemisms like “taskers,” “driver partners,” “entrepreneurs,” “dashers,” and “earners” – all given to convince the workers that they are really a step above employee status much like the royal names given to slaves by their owners in the antebellum South.

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For Labor To Build Upon
Wars, Depression and Pandemic
, pp. 95 - 120
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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